5 Cleveland Browns on bubble ahead of final cut

Cleveland Browns D'Ernest Johnson (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns D’Ernest Johnson (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

1. D’Ernest Johnson

With the Browns top two running back spots locked up behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, in addition to fullback Andy Janovich on the roster, there’s only backup spot remaining, and it pits D’Ernest Johnson against Dontrell Hilliard.

Something that stick out from last year’s was Hillard’s inability to catch passes out of the backfield against the Sehawks. It was one game, but it was a big deal, and he’s supposed to be a back who can catch.

Maybe the Browns cut Johnson and try to sneak him back on the practice squad, but I think it’s obvious Johnson’s earned a spot on the team.

Johnson had one of the most reported on plays during the team’s practice at First Energy Stadium Aug. 31. By all accounts, he took it to another level. That’s just something we haven’t seen from Hillard.

Verdict: Johnson makes the squad, but with Chubb and Hunt ahead of him, will be mainly a special teamer.